This Day in History
May 1, 1964
Dartmouth Professors Launch "Timesharing" System
Thomas Kurtz and John Kemeny launched a timesharing system at Dartmouth College using their simple, user-friendly language, BASIC. Kurtz and Kemeny wanted to create a language their students could learn quickly for use on the timesharing system, which allows several users to run their programs at the same time on one processor.